Wednesday 23rd May 2007

ABOVE: Grey Heron at Alexandra Park.

Alexandra Park, Glasgow (0700 - 0800 hrs) A very approachable Grey Heron was again present on the duck pond; also present were the breeding pair of Mute Swans, a pair of Moorhens with 2 chicks, a female Mallard with a brood of 3 ducklings, 11 Tufted Ducks, pair of Grey Wagtails and several House Sparrow families feeding around the scrub at the pond. Brown Rats were also evident at the pond.

Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow (1100 - 1230 hrs) The usual Mallards, Moorhens and Feral Pigeons were present at the pond, A female Roe Deer and at least 2 Brown Rats were feeding alongside the River Kelvin as were the usual assortment of birds; Long-tailed Tit (family group including at least 6 juvs), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Robin, Magpie & Grey Wagtails.

Nearby at the River Kelvin - in front of the Transport Museum at least 10 Swifts and 20+ Sand Martins were actively feeding over the river

Fife and Tayside 8th - 10th May 2007




Went up to Crail in Fife to visit a good friend of mine for a couple of days and saw some good birds including Bearded Tit, Osprey, Marsh Harrier and Corn Bunting (a total of 30 at Kilrenny Pig Farm!!!). I also photographed Grey Partridge in John's garden in Crail, superb!!!. I got some of the best views of Partridge I've ever had and from the comfort of John's lounge window).

Monday 7th May 2007

Drumpellier Country Park - 1645
Above right: This Mallard hybrid was present at Lochend Loch next to the Visitor Centre, it seems to have features of Mallard, Pintail and Bahama Pintail, it was a lovely looking bird whatever it's parentage was. A male Ruddy Duck (image above left) was also on Drumpelier Loch and a pair of Great Crested Grebes on Woodend Loch.

Gartloch Pools - 1730
A lovely drake Garganey (poor record shot below) on the smaller pools on the SE side of Gartloch Road, also 4 male and 3 female Gadwall there.

Monday 30th April 2007

Hogganfield Loch
At the main loch the birds included; 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes, drake Gadwall, drake Teal, pair of Goosander, 3 Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper and a rather poorly looking male White Wagtail.
At the east marsh there were 2 imm Heron, an imm male Sparrowhawk, a singing Grasshopper Warbler, 3 singing Whitethroats, and a pair of Willow Warblers nest building. A buck and 3 female Roe Deer were also present.